DÉSERTS

Director: Faouzi Bensaïdi
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A comical yet thrilling road film
World premiered at Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight section
Several of director Faouzi Bensaïdi’s films have won awards at The Cannes Film Festival, and his film DEATH FOR SALE Morocco's Official Submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards
DÉSERTS Poster
2023/ France, Germany, Morocco, Belgium125 min/ Comedy, Drama
SYNOPSIS
Both gawky associates, Mehdi and Hamid, who work for a collection agency in Casablanca, roam remote villages in the great South of Morocco to get money from overextended people.
CAST
Fehd Benchemsi, Abdelhadi Taleb, Rabii Benjhaile, Hajar Graigaa

CREW

Screenwriter: Faouzi Bensaïdi
DOP: Florian Berutti
Editors: Faouzi Bensaïdi and Véronique Lange

Production Company(ies)
Barney Production, Mont Fleuri Production, Entre Chien et Loup, Niko Film
Producer(s)

Saïd Hamich Benlarbi, Nicole Gerhards, Sébastien Delloye

film festivals
Cannes Film Festival (Director’s Fortnight), France (World premiere)
Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt
Marrakech International Film Festival, Morocco
Mostra de València-Cinema del Mediterrani, Spain
International Fribourg film Festival, Switzerland
Torino Film Festival, Italy
Tübingen | Stuttgart International French-language Film Festival, Germany
Hamburg International Film Festival, Germany
Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia
Filmmakers' Fortnight, France
Bengaluru International Film Festival, India
International Film Festival of Kerala, India
film awards
Best Director and Best Actor Awards at Mostra de València-Cinema del Mediterrani
Quotes
“A merciless blend of surreal imagery and bitter, caustic comedy that is simultaneously entertaining and disturbing.”
- Matthew Jenner - International Cinephile Society

“Déserts offers a unique perspective on Moroccan life, highlighting the economic and social disparities that permeate society.”
- BNN Newsroom

“Those that prefer straightforward cinema with dotted I’s and crossed T’s will be out of their comfort zone here, but it looks like manna for cinephiles.”
- Alissa Simon - Variety